Tubal Cain Mines, 1 mile above B-17 crash site

We also hiked up farther on the Tubal Cain trail to the site of a B-17 plane crash about 60 years ago. The people flying the plane were on a rescue mission to Vancouver Island and crashed in the Olympic Mtns. They waited three days for someone to come and find them. Four men died in the plane crash, and four survived. It was so cool to get up to this spot and still see the plane wreckage. The four men in the crash that survived walked out of the mountains three days later. It took them three days to walk out, incredible. It is pretty eerie that they crashed just about a mile away from the mines. Now there is a trail. However, the trail to the plane crash is not taken care of by the National Forestry service. So at a time right now when you need spikes and sometimes snow shoes to get up there, imagine what it would have been like to try to walk out in the middle of January without equipment or food. Amazing hike!

Resting place of the B-17 Plane
Part of the plane wreck in a stream nearby.
The place where the plane crashed in the mountains. It wasn’t as beautiful that January Day.